Part of a pastor’s job is to thank people. Of course thanks are always in order but particularly at major events it is important to recognize those who made it possible: the choir, the committees, the musicians, the individuals, the donors, etc. Inevitably I forget to thank someone and feel bad about it afterward. Happily they usually forgive me. 😊 On the other hand, the Bible says that we don’t do things in order to be appreciated or recognized but simply because it’s the right thing to do. “When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'” Our contribution to the endeavor flows out of the giftedness that we have received from God. Because God has been so good to us, we in turn wish to do good for others. Yes it is certainly nice to be noticed for one’s efforts but it is even better to realize that passing on blessings received is how the kingdom of God becomes a little more apparent in our broken world.